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Organization - Test Positive Aware Network Community Health

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Test Positive Aware Network
Last updated on December 10, 2015


TPAN empowers everyone living with or at risk for HIV/AIDS to live open, healthy, and productive lives. TPAN innovates to deliver peer-led support programs and collaborative wellness services and to communicate comprehensive information. TPAN will do so until HIV/AIDS is eradicated.

To be a nationally recognized model of a community-based organization providing comprehensive health and wellness programs to everyone impacted by HIV/AIDS while following the “E-A-S-I-E-R” core values:

•Sex Positive

Friday, June 19th, 1987, 16 people gathered with Chris Clason. These seventeen people were drawn together by the desire to share experiences, exchange ideas and information, and provide and accept support from each other. This was the beginning of Test Positive Aware Network.

At the time Chris had sought out support groups in Chicago but found that the only ones available were for people with a diagnosis of AIDS or what was then called ARC (AIDS Related Complex). Chris had neither of these conditions. He was HIV positive, but feeling well. He felt he had come to terms with being HIV positive and was not "in crisis". Yet, he also felt the desire for support and the desire to support others.

Today we are one of Chicago's oldest agencies devoted exclusively to HIV related services. We are the oldest peer-led HIV service provider in Chicago with over 65% of our staff being HIV positive as well as the majority of our volunteers. Today, we continue to fulfill the dream and vision of Chris Clason and the 16 other individuals who first met in 1987—we remain a place for sharing of information; a place for sharing of experiences with living with HIV; a place that is welcoming to all impacted by HIV. TPAN today—Committed to You—Committed to Living.

Contact person: Gary Nelson, Marketing & Communications Manager, (email)

Main office number: (773) 989-9400
Office fax number: (773) 989-9494

 5050 North Broadway
Chicago, IL 60640
This location is handicap accessible
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